Is VIZIO Holding Corp. (VZIO) A Smart Long-Term Buy?

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Argosy Investors, an investment management firm, published its second quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A portfolio return of 16.5% was recorded by the fund for the second half of 2021, while the S&P 500 by comparison returned 15.3%. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Argosy Investors, the fund mentioned VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO), and discussed its stance on the firm. VIZIO Holding Corp. is an Irvine, California-based consumer electronics company, that currently has a $3.9 billion market capitalization. VZIO delivered a -22.99% return in the past 3 months, and it closed at $21.74 per share on August 02, 2021.

Here is what Argosy Investors has to say about VIZIO Holding Corp. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

“So how are our largest holdings affected in a world of higher wage inflation? As a general rule, I will evaluate current and potential future holdings on their capital intensivity and their ability to raise prices. Vizio is now (a part of) our top 5 largest equity holdings. Vizio, a new position this quarter, could be negatively impacted in producing its low-margin TV’s, although wage inflation might be a lower impact event than any material shortages such as on computer chips. Their advertising business should be fairly well-insulated, but given their relatively minor position in the Connected TV market today, they may have less ability to raise advertising prices than industry leaders like Roku may be able to.”

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Based on our calculations, VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO) was not able to clinch a spot in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. VZIO was in 19 hedge fund portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2021. VIZIO Holding Corp. (NYSE: VZIO) delivered a -14.27% return in the past month.

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